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Hubris, ambition and mismanagement: the first post-mortem of RealTime Worlds
I’ve been told it’s too early, but I think it’s worth doing a post-mortem of APB-developer RealTime Worlds. The company was put into administration yesterday. The administrator, Begbies Traynor, has said: “Our intention is to continue trading...
- Posted 1006 days ago
How $4.25 m was not enough to save Eternal Earth developer Sparkplay
In an emotional company blog post yesterday, CEO Matt Mihaly announced that Sparkplay has laid off all but two staff and looks likely to go bust.I’ve added it to the Job Loss Tracker. Sparkplay operates Eternal Earth,...
- Posted 1015 days ago
The CHIPS are down: UK independent games retailer Chipsworld enters liquidation
MCV today reports that CHIPS has gone bust, with the loss of 29 jobs at head office and at its wholly owned stores. The company is at pains to point out that its franchise stores are not...
- Posted 1026 days ago
Spring redundancy roundup – games industry job losses in 2010
I’ve been flat out all year on consultancy projects (which is great – do contact me via nicholas at gamesbrief.com if you want to discuss how I can help you with self-publishing or building a long term...
- Posted 1111 days ago
Nintendo Developer Cing goes bankrupt
GI.biz reports that Net-IB reports that (as translated by Web forum NeoGAF), Cing may have gone into bankruptcy on 1 March. GI.biz describes the company as “A small studio with less than 30 staff. Cing was founded...
- Posted 1168 days ago
Activision culls up to 400 jobs
Activision has made a swathe of cuts across its development studios, according to the LA Times: Luxoflux, acquired by Activision in 2002, is being shut down. The studio, which employs about 56 people in Santa Monica, worked...
- Posted 1190 days ago
I’ve been very slow at reporting on job losses in the games industry for a while. That’s what happens when you get crazy busy working for clients, while also working on a very exciting secret project for...
- Posted 1201 days ago